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Kate Hoyt speaks to FOX25 News in Boston. HERE

It's SCHOLARSHIP TIME!! Somerville High School scholarships were awarded May 25th, 2016

> Jon Farris met with Toyota USA Executives on May 27, 2016, the ninth anniversary of Paul's death. Visit PursuitForChange to learn about our push to remove the Toyota Prius police chase advertising.

Celebrating Paul Farris With Music:
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We have 1,336 signatures - wow! THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH! Please share this link with your friends and family.

See our AWESOME Christmas / Holiday & New Year cards! HERE

Jon Farris is back in the news (USA Today, 12/21/2015) READ MORE

An 18 minute video editorializing about NSW (Australia) #PoliceChases. Different Country, Same Horrible Results. Note similarity with US statistics (PS: some vulgar language)

Awesome training presentations at the Madison (WI) Police Department in November & December 2015 and February 2016. I love speaking at these events, sharing Paul's story and talking about saving lives through fewer and safer police pursuits! 

> Jon returned to Washington DC in February 2016 and September 2015 to meet with legislators. See the list and READ MORE.

> Paul's dad, Jonathan Farris, is available for media interviews and speaking engagements. Contact Jon at

> Paul Farris Memorial Scholarships were awarded at Somerville High School on May 27, 2015, the 8th anniversary of Paul's death. See photos and Learn more.

> Business, Life, Passion and Volunteerism
By Jonathan Farris
I love Linkedin. There, I said it. But what the heck does this have to do with business, life, passion and volunteerism? Patience, my friends.  READ MORE

 > Jon Farris in USA TODAY  This is an amazing National expose with many statistics. Thanks to Tom Frank for his terrific reporting (@ByTomFrank)


> USA Today Police Pursuit Editorial (Curtail Deadly Police Chases)


> 10/26/2015 Jon is quoted in another USA Today expose. This one focusing on the FBI's under-reporting of law enforcement officer deaths during police pursuits. READ MORE

> 10/21/2015 Jon spoke with USA Today reporter, Tom Frank, again today. Tom's third investigative report about police pursuit statistics, this time related to the under-reporting of law enforcement officer deaths, will run in the next several days. #PoliceChase

> 10/2/2015 Jon spoke with USA Today reporter, Tom Frank (@ByTomFrank), again today. Tom's second investigative report is in the bullet below. They discussed a third article, focusing on Jon's 2015 legislative activities in Washington DC. #PoliceChase #NHTSA

> Feds fail to track deadly police pursuits. USA Today 9/29/2015
The U.S. government has drastically understated the number of people killed in high-speed police car chases, potentially by thousands of fatalities over several decades, a USA TODAY investigation shows.  Thanks to reporter Tom Frank (@ByTomFrank) READ MORE

> See Paul's dad speak for the USA Today expose  Click here

> USA Today writer Tom Frank discusses police chases  Listen 

> Jon interviewed on HuffPost Live  View
This starts at the 12 minute mark

> Jon speaks on WTMJ Radio in Milwaukee  LISTEN

> More in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel  HERE

> Jon speaks on NPR's All Things Considered  HERE

> Article linked from The Wisconsin State Journal  HERE

> Jon quoted in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel articles  HERE

> Friend Jessica Herrera Rodriguez does a wonderful job speaking to ABC's Nightline  HERE

> Excellent California Public Radio interview with PursuitSAFETY Executive Director Esther Seoanes, USA Today's Tom Frank and Tulsa PD Commander Travis YatesLISTEN

Jon on ABC World News Tonight HERE

Jon on ABC World News Tonight (another one) HERE

Jon interviewed on San Diego CBS 8  HERE


> Connect with us on Twitter at @PursuitSAFETY or Facebook

> August 20, 2014: Jon Farris in the news again. Learn more

> click for REAL PURSUITS
updated August 17, 2014

> Jon & PursuitSAFETY are in the
news! READ MORE #TheHill

Previous Postings

> Music links have been fixed (7/27/2014)

> See photos of our 2014 Somerville scholarship recipients. Here

> Jon Farris, Chairman of PursuitSAFETY, and a group of members went to Washington DC to lobby for police pursuit reduction technology funding. MORE INFO AND PHOTOS. #PursuitSAFETY #TheHill #PolicePursuits

> May 27, 2014. Seven years

> June 2014: Paul's dad, Jon, Chairman of PursuitSAFETY, speaks on ABC World News. See video here.
#PursuitSAFETY #StarChase #PolicePursuit

> 2014 Scholarships. Edina awarded on 5/25 and Somerville awarded on 5/28 Learn more

> Excellent article related to GPS tracking. Click here

> The music page links have been fixed. Sorry about the inconvience

> We just added more photos

> Jan 2014: Jon Farris interviewed on KFMB News, San Diego Learn More

> Photo page is fixed. We've linked everything to G+ so they can be viewed on any device. Enjoy!

> Wishing us all a happy and safe 2014

> Random Thoughts
by Sharon Hundt

> We are proud to announce that since 2008 the Paul Farris Memorial Scholarship has awarded $34,000 to deserving graduating Seniors in Edina and Somerville.

> Feeling a bit blue today

> Sad days. The passing of our wonderful PursuitSAFETY friend,
Brenda Ehrensperger

> Heartbreaking tragedy in Texas. Info here

> CODE BLUE! This is an excellent story.

> 2013 Scholarship update. See our Somerville and Edina recipients HERE

> @insurancerescue Twitter updates for our 2013 Scholarships, police pursuits and insurance

> I saw a fitting note the other day: "Tears are words the heart can't say."

Paint me a room where I can dream
Dream of a world that I used to see
Paint me a window, soft and defined
And flood yellow light
Through the open blinds
It's somewhere, hidden from view
A portrait, an epitaph...

Antimatter, Epitaph.

> Thinking of Paul and how much he loved our Utah ski trips.Here's a photo from Feb 2013.

Brighton 2013

We're in the News - read more

> There ARE Safer Ways and better pursuit policies which WILL prevent deaths. Read about PursuitSAFETY's Safer Way Award Winner for 2012.
Learn More

> Editorial 'No police pursuit is worth a human life' 11/24/2012
Full Article

> Please see our 2012 Holiday Greeting  Original photography & holiday card design by Scott Farris

Paul Victor Farris

11/2/1983 - 5/27/2007
taken away too soon


This website is a place where we honor and remember Paul. It is a place where family and friends can see and listen to Paul.

It is a place where you can visit and reflect about Paul, about the frailty of life or whatever else matters to you.

Paul had an impact on many people during life and also after his death. His spirit will live with us forever.

We will continue to do everything that Paul expects of us, and we hope that you will too.

We'll use this site to tell you about Paul.

We'll use it as a place where Edina High School and Somerville High School applicants for the Paul Farris Memorial Scholarship can learn about Paul.

We'll use it for our advocacy against unnecessary high speed police pursuits, because if simple judgment had been used on that early morning of May 27, 2007, Paul would still be here with us.

Advocacy to stop unnecessary police pursuits


'Police pursuits, for the most part, are merely a passing newspaper story or television headline, forgotten by readers and viewers a few minutes later. But for the hundreds of relatives and thousands of friends of these innocent victims, the pain is real and never goes away. Never.'

- Jonathan Farris, Paul's dad

Paul died as the result of a totally unnecessary police pursuit in a Boston suburb. Since that day we've been working to change legislation and talking with anyone who will listen. We've now joined forces with PursuitSAFETY      in an all out effort to enact real and positive changes so others will not have to suffer through what Paul's family & friends have.

Please see our Advocacy pages to learn more about this pervasive problem.

YOU can help save an innocent person's life! Find it in your heart to support our advocacy.  Learn more


PursuitSAFETY logo 2013


More Updates

> Jonathan Farris headed back to Washington DC on July 20th (2015) to meet with legislators and staff. Very positive meetings! More to follow soon.

> Many more interviews. In July 2015 Jon spoke with the Kansas City Star; Kansas City Public Television; USA Today; Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), National Public Radio (NPR), WMTV Milwaukee and more. Links to follow soon.

Pursuit Reduction Technology section added to our site. Tools which will most certainly reduce innocent victim deaths and injuries. 2015

Jonathan Farris continues his volunteerism and advocacy as Chairman Emeritus of PursuitSAFETY 1/2015

> Op-Ed Letter to the Editor - Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel 9/2014. Here

> Connect with us on Twitter at @PursuitSAFETY or Facebook

PursuitSAFETY PSA Videos. Thanks to our favorite Hollywood actor, Glenn Morshower! These will be added to the updated PursuitSAFETY website later this summer (2015). You can see the videos here on YouTube.

> August 20, 2014: Jon Farris in the news again. Learn more

> Jon Farris, Chairman of PursuitSAFETY, and a group of members went to Washington DC to lobby for police pursuit reduction technology funding. MORE INFO AND PHOTOS. #PursuitSAFETY #TheHill #PolicePursuits

> June 2014: Paul's dad, Jon, Chairman of PursuitSAFETY, speaks on ABC World News. See video here.

> 2014 Scholarships. Edina awarded on 5/25 and Somerville awarded on 5/28 Learn more

> Alec Fischer's full movie about bullying, Minnesota Nice?, has been released.  You really must see it. Here

> August 2012: After more than five years from Paul's death, while mowing the lawn today, thoughts of him overwhelm and tears flow again - as though it was only yesterday... jgf

2012 scholarship recipients Norman Li & Pristine Mei photo

See new photos, video & music from our 2012 Edina scholarship recipients! HERE

Seven years

Paul Farris

Click to see newer photos (5/27/2014)

I hear people say that time heals the pain. Well, it doesn't. Not even a little bit. Time strengthens me. Time allows me to hide the hurt so you need not live with it as I do. jgf


Six Years

How Long is a Lifetime?
By Jon Farris
May 27, 2013
I used to think a lifetime was just that – a lifetime. For many, that is probably true.
But now I know better. A lifetime can be a few moments, a day, or something else altogether. I know because I’ve lived many lifetimes, with the most important revolving around my family.
Below are a few, being shared on the six year anniversary of my family’s ‘new lifetime.’
My lifetime lasted from:
 • my birth until my wedding
 • my wedding until Paul’s birth
 • Paul’s birth until Scott’s birth
 • Scott’s birth until Paul’s death

My life inexorably changed when Paul died. Four of the most intense memories are:
 • 60 seconds, in the early morning of May 27, 2007, when a Somerville doctor called and said Paul was dead
 • a flight from Minneapolis to Boston that afternoon
 • the day in Boston when we said our final goodbye to Paul
 • the day in Edina when we said our final goodbye again
Since Paul died, my life is often lived moment to moment or day to day. I can’t always control that. And like every parent who has lost a child, part of every day is spent living in the past, remembering what used to be and what can never be again.

I love my life, but I often don’t like this lifetime.

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